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Investing Securities

  • Seven years after he was first sued by New York state prosecutors for securities fraud, the allegations against former AIG chief Maurice “Hank” Greenberg are still pending – and may now be considered by the state's highest court.

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    The auto industry has been one of the positives in this shaky economy but will it last? Traders will be watching June auto sales on Tuesday—especially after a weak ISM reading.

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    The beach may be beckoning this Fourth of July week but traders are going to want to be at their desks for the start of the third quarter, with the jobs report, an ECB rate decision—and more.

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    For Goldman Sachs, the insider trading case against a former board member, Rajat K. Gupta, which ended in a conviction on Friday, was distracting and discomforting. At least until now, it has also been very expensive, the New York Times reports.

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    It was August, 1964. President Lyndon Johnson was about to sign into law the most important Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.

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    In the latest government tactic to prosecute crimes related to the financial crisis, the housing task force will attempt to crack down on financial firms suspected of improperly bundling home loans into securities for investors, the New York Times reports.

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    China is poised to unveil measures to bolster the country’s nascent short-selling industry in an effort to deepen its capital markets, according to securities officials and fund managers. The Financial Times reports.

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    How much do you know about modern-day Ponzi schemes? Take our quiz and find out.

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    The SEC is launching a new program Friday to encourage whistleblowers to report corporate fraud, including a website with instructions on how potential whistleblowers can make millions from their tips.

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    The American International Group is planning to sue Bank of America over hundreds of mortgage-backed securities, adding to the surge of investors seeking compensation for the troubled mortgages that led to the financial crisis, the New York Times reports.

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    A former billionaire Wall Street hedge fund manager has been convicted of 14 federal charges alleging he made a fortune off insider trades.

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    Barclays is among a group of investors weighing a rival bid for a portfolio of mortgage-backed securities that has already drawn a $15.7 billion offer from AIG, people familiar with the matter said.

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    The Treasury's move to start unloading its portfolio of mortgage debt likely will add more pressure to a housing market hardly in a position for additional stress.

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    The Treasury Department says it has sold trust preferred securities the government held in Ally Financial for $2.7 billion, the latest step in its efforts to recoup the costs of the $700 billion financial bailout.

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    In the last few weeks, a number of big banks have successfully bundled and sold new securities backed by commercial real estate loans. The NYT Reports.

  • Authorities are investigating a number of cyber attacks against companies seen as opponents of controversial website WikiLeaks. Despite the fiasco, which companies are most likely benefit from the attacks? Mark Mahaney, Internet research managing director at Citigroup shared his best plays.

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    U.S. Bank, the largest subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, will acquire the U.S. and European securitization trust administration businesses of Bank of America, the company announced Monday.

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    Japan’s financial regulator and the Tokyo Stock Exchange are investigating recent trading activity following allegations of widespread insider trading ahead of new share issues by Japanese companies. The FT reports.

  • Cramer thinks these things need to be done to regain the individual investor's confidence in the markets.

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission said the action was its first ever against a state, and only its second against any government over the handling of a public pension fund.